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Prove It

Updated: Mar 7

Day 374


3/5/20


*disclaimer...this one got away from me. It didn't end up anywhere near where I expected it to, but I rolled with it. I must admit, it was fun...


We all have something to prove.

Some might say they have nothing to prove, but that's not true.

Others too often try to prove it to the wrong person.


We all have something important to prove, and there is only one person to prove it to.

That person is you.

More specifically, yesterday's version of you.


Your job is to prove to yesterday's version of you that you are doing the work required to get better today.


And then, tomorrow, you do it again...

And the cycle perpetuates.


It seems simple, yet for many, it's hard to grasp.


Incremental daily improvement.


There are too many pretenders.


I was a pretender for a while...quite a long while.

I even called myself a life long learner, and I aced grad school to prove it.

But I didn't have any of the habits or systems in place that genuine lifelong learners cultivate.


Finally, I woke up (quite literally in some cases).


And every day is now a chance to prove that I'm still awake.


To be a lifelong learner, in search of daily improvement, is to act intentionally and deliberately while living in that reflection.


If you are a pretender, take a long hard look within, and wake up.

I missed out on almost 20 years of learning opportunities.


I'm not saying that I didn't pick some valuable things up along the way, but I certainly didn't maximize any potential.


My undergraduate advisor called me a "classic underachiever."


My point is, if you're a pretender, I get it.

I've been there.


Stop it.

You're wasting your time.

And we can't get it back.

We can't even make up for lost time.

But what we can do is wake up.

Right now.

And make the time that we have left count.


If you're not willing to do that.

If you aren't seeking daily growth in some way, shape, or form.

Are you really even living?


Wake up.

Right now.

You've got something to prove.

Today.

To yourself.


And then, tomorrow, you do it again...

And the cycle perpetuates.




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